This guide will give an overview of the new Community Features added to mPaceline in version 2.10. The overall goal of these features is to provide ways for community members to interact with each other, share encouragement and participate in challenges and training.
You will need to register and login to an mPaceline Cloud Account if you wish to use the community features. You do this in mPaceline Settings under the mPaceline Cloud Section. Additionally, if you are interested in creating community content you will need to request “Community Rights”. Once approved, you will be able to create challenges and upload training plans.
To access the Community Features, tap on the Community Icon at the bottom of the display in mPaceline. This will open the community screen as shown to the left.
There are three main sections shown on this screen:
o Accountability Partners
Each of these sections are reviewed in subsequent parts of this guide.
Note that you can hide and show sections by tapping on the Section Name. Be sure to tap on the help icon at the top of the screen to get detailed help.
Within each of the sections, you can tap on an item to go to another screen for more details and you can also perform swipe actions on the rows in each section. The actions available will depend on the section and your rights to the content.
Finally, there are actions buttons available for each section. These allow you to find and add additional content to each section. The buttons shown will depend on whether you have rights to create additional content.
The top section on the Community Page will allow you to search for and add members of the Peloton Community to your list of Accountability Partners. Think of these individuals as members that are going to help you stay accountable to whatever training program or general exercise regimen that you are participating in. The expectation is that you will reciprocate and encourage them as well.
To add an Accountability Partner, tap on the “Add” button. This brings up a pop-up panel that will allow you to enter your Accountability Partner’s Peloton User Name and then perform a search for them. Tap the Add button to perform the search.
You will see your new partner added to the list on the main Community Page. To delete the partner, swipe the partner name to the left and pick the delete option. To send messages, swipe and tap on message.
Your partner should add you, just like you have added them.
If you have messages from your partner, you will see a message indicator to the right of their name. You will also see an “Unread” indicator on the Community Icon at the bottom of the mPaceline display.
To see details for a partner, tap on their name and you will be shown the Partner Detail Screen.
Important – In order for this section to work as designed, you partner’s Peloton Profile will need to be public or you must be following them.
When you tap on an Accountability Partner, you will see details about this individual. This gives you the ability to keep track of their progress and to provide encouragement when you see them accomplish something significant or if they are approaching key milestones.
Next you see monthly workout streaks. If you swipe one of these streaks to the left, you can send a high-five. Use this to recognize a strong performance. High-fives will be sent as messages. It’s just a short cut.
Below the streaks are the partners most recent workouts.
You can tap a workout to see details as well as swipe the row and perform a high-five.
When you tap a workout, you will be shown the Workout Detail Screen. Depending on the type of workout, you will see additional data.
The screens to the right show a sample cycling workout. Since this partner has entered their FTP test on the Peloton Bike, workout is shown overlaid on the partner’s Power Zones.
You can also to tap on the toggle below the power zone graph to bring up the Output graph. Here you see output, cadence, resistance and average output. If this had been a tread workout, you would see slightly different data.
Being an Accountability Partner means that you have an obligation to motivate your partner. This is done on the Messages Screen. Think of this as a scaled down messaging App with private messages between you and your partner. High-Fives you do on the Partner Detail Screen will be shown here and you can also enter custom messages via the input area at the bottom of the screen.
Currently, there is no option to remove messages.
Messages do expire after 90 days so think of this screen as a 90-day history of the messages between you and this partner.
Note that the partner sees the same set of messages from their side.
Challenges are created and run by community members. They offer a way to drive friendly competition between teams of individuals to achieve specific goals set by the challenge owner. Challenges can be public or private. The difference being that private challenges require a participant to request access to the challenge. The owner will decide whether the requestor can participate.
Challenges can be time based or goal based. In a time-based challenge, the challenge has a fixed duration – say 6 weeks. Teams compete to achieve the highest “stat” specified by the challenge measure/goal within the fixed duration. In goal-based challenges, teams continue until one of them has achieved the specific measure/goal.
When a challenge is created, the owner determines what we measure that challenge by and sets the specific challenge goal to be used. Challenge Measures can be one of the following types:
o Workout Count
In additional to picking the Measure, the challenge owner sets the Goal. This is the “stat” as specified by the Measure. So, if it’s a Distance Measure, the goal will be the number of miles to achieve. Same for the other Measures. Note that in a Time-Based challenge the Goal is always the number of days the challenge runs.
Some examples: Goal Based – run a challenge to see which team can be the first to ride/run 5,000 miles. Continues until a team achieves 5,000 miles. Time Based – run a challenge for 90 days to see what team can burn the most calories. Continues for 90 days. Team with highest calorie burn wins.
To participate in a challenge, you tap the “Find” button on the Main Community screen. This will bring up a screen that will show you a list of mPaceline Challenge Owners who have challenges in a ‘Pending’ Status. Pending means that the challenge has not started and is waiting for participants to join the challenge and pick a team.
Tap on the Challenge Owner to see a list of challenges. To join a challenge, swipe the challenge row to the left and pick the “Join” option. If the challenge is private, you will see a “Knock” option. Select “Knock” and the challenge owner will receive a notification that you wish to participate. Once they accept you, you will be joined to the challenge and it will show up in your list of challenges.
To filter challenges by name, type the text you wish to search for in the top text box and tap the “Filter” button. This will reduce the number of challenges available to only those that match the filter criteria.
Once you have found and joined a team, you will need to pick a team. Tap on the Challenge from the main mPaceline Community page and you will be shown a list of teams. Pick the one that you would like to participate in and tap on it. You can then tap on the Join Team link at the top of the page. If you wish to remove yourself from a team, tap the Leave Team link at the top.
If you decide that you don’t want to participate in a challenge any longer, you can swipe the challenge to the left and pick the “Leave” option. This will remove your from the challenge. Note that if the challenge has started, you won’t be able to leave if you have already joined a team.
To add a challenge, tap on the “Add” button on the main Community Screen. This brings up the add challenge pop-up panel as seen to the right. To setup a challenge, you need to complete the following fields:
Name – this is the name of your challenge. Anything you want…
Description – this is a description of the challenge that participants will see when they tap on the information icon in the challenge list. Use this to convey additional information to participants.
Start Date – this is the date that the challenge will start measuring “Stats”. Challenges don’t automatically start on this date. You must manually start the challenge when it’s ready. If you start a challenge before this date, it won’t accumulate “Stats” until this date. If you start a challenge after the start date, “stats” will be retroactive to the date.
Visible to Community – This specifies whether the challenge will be shown in the “Find Challenge” screen to searchers. If you are creating it but not ready for it to be available, turn this off.
Peloton Bike and Tread Only – This determines the workouts that will count towards the challenge. If you turn this on, only Peloton Bike and Tread workouts will count. If you want other non-Peloton workouts to contribute, leave it off. This allows someone to do an Apple Health based Run, Walk, Cycle, etc. and have its metrics contribute to the challenge.
Private Challenge – if you want to run a challenge with a private group of individuals, turn this on. This way all participants will need to “Knock” to request access. You can selectively determine those participates that you want to be on the challenge and can ignore other requests.
Objective – This is the Type, Measure and Goal described in the above section.
Team Size – here you indicate the maximum number of participants to be on each team.
Note that if you have a smaller iPhone, you may have to scroll the New Challenge screen to see the fields towards the bottom of the page.
Once you have created a challenge, you will need to create teams. You do this by tapping on the challenge on the Main Community Screen then tapping on the Add button in the top toolbar.
The first screen to the left has several teams already setup and you can see that the top one already has a couple members joined. Since this challenge has been started, you also see stats being accumulated. This is a distance challenge, so you see the total miles for each team.
The strength icon, indicates that team that you are participating on.
If you tap on a team, you will see all the members on the team. This will also show each members total stats.
If you are the challenge owner, you can swipe the rows for each team and member to the left and pick options. These will allow you to remove a member from a team or delete a team.
If you are a challenge participant, you can swipe a challenge team row to the left and pick the “Join” option. If you want to remove yourself from a team, you will see a “Leave” option when you swipe the row. If you are viewing the members on a team, you will see a Join or Leave button on the top of the screen.
If you are the challenge owner, you have some additional options that will show when you swipe a challenge row to the left on the Main Community Screen. Note that the options that show will depend on the status that the challenge is in.
Knocks – if members have requested access to your Private Challenge, you will see an option to review the list of individuals looking for access. From this list, you swipe their Peloton User Name row to the left and pick the “Accept” or “Deny” option.
Start – when you are ready to begin the challenge, pick this option.
Complete – when you challenge is complete, pick this challenge to end it. Note that challenges do not automatically end for time-based or goal-based challenges. If you leave it active after the time has expired or a team has “Won”, it will remain active. Members stats will continue to accumulate for the challenge even if a team has “won”.
Pending – takes the challenge back to pending status. Only do this if you must make changes to the challenge or teams.
Delete – remove the challenge. Only do this if you are sure this is appropriate. All teams and members will be deleted as well.
After you import Workouts from Peloton, mPaceline update the data for all challenges that you are signed up for. This data is sent to the mPaceline Cloud where it’s then made available to all other challenge participants. It’s important to remember this because if you don’t do the Import from Peloton, your workouts will not count towards the challenge team totals.
Once a challenge starts you can’t edit it if you are not the owner and if you are a participant, you can’t remove yourself from the team or challenge.
Challenges don’t auto start or auto complete. The challenge owner has to manually start and complete the challenge. Once a challenge is marked as Complete, it will only show in the list of challenges for an addition 7 days. This gives all participants a few days to update their stats before a final winner is declared. Note that workouts performed after the date the challenge was closed won’t contribute. Once the 7 days are over, the only way to see the challenge is to toggle the option to “Show Completed” at the bottom of the Main Community Page.
We have extended the Training support that was in the previous version of mPaceline and added the ability for community members to create their own custom training plans. Once you have created a custom training plan, you can use the training to guide your own workout objectives as well as upload the training to allow other mPaceline Community members to utilize it.
There are two types of training that are supported in mPaceline. The first is Group-Based training. These are plans that are created and managed by different Peloton Groups. To have a group training program created, you need to email the training to mPaceline Support. The second type of training is Community-Based. These are training programs that are created by individual members of the Peloton Community.
To find and start a training program, you first need to locate it. To do this, tap the “Find” button under training on the Main Community Page.
You will see a set of screens similar to those to the right:
The first shows the Group and Community Training Programs. Tap on one to see the next screen which lists the plans available for the program. Tap on a plan and you will see the specific workouts included in the plan.
If you see a Plan that you are interested in taking you just tap on the “Start” button at the top of the screen. Once you do this, the training plan will be copied to your local device and appear in the training section of the Main Community Page.
To create a custom training plan, you need to first create a comma separated values file (CSV file) that has a specific set of fields recognizable by mPaceline. Once you have done this, you need to get the CSV file onto your device and import it. The steps below will walk you through both of these:
Your CSV file must contain the following fields and these fields should be in the first row of the CSV file:
Week – the week number that this training plan workout is for
Name – the name of the workout
Description – a longer description of the workout. Information you want the individual taking the training to be aware of.
BTR – a flag (yes or no) to indicate if this is a beyond the ride or a tread/bike workout. Use ‘yes’ if BTR.
So, to be clear, your CSV file will look something like the following for a two-week training plan with 4 workouts each week.
Once your CSV file is created, you need to import it into mPaceline. The first step is getting it on your device. You have a few options here. If you use iCloud, copy it your iCloud drive and it will sync to your phone. Alternatively, you could email it to yourself or use Dropbox or some other file share. Key is to get it on your device where you can find it and tap on it.
The instructions below assume iCloud.
Step 1: Open iCloud on your device and tap on the training file.
Step 2: View the file and then tap on the ‘Share’ icon at the top right.
Step 3: Tap on the “Copy to mPaceline” sharing option.
Step 4: Name training and set the start date. Then click Import at the top
Once the training is imported, go to the Community section in mPaceline and you will see your new training plan. Note it will have a “Pencil” icon to the left of the name to indicate it was created by you.
Assuming that you have community rights, you can upload your training to the mPaceline Cloud to be used by others. It’s pretty easy to do this. Simply open the training plan by tapping on it from the Main Community screen. You will see an “Upload” button in the upper right corner of the screen. Tap on this button and it will be uploaded.
Once you have uploaded your training, it will be listed under your Peloton User Name in the Community Programs section.
Tapping on your section will show all Training Plans that you have uploaded. If you perform swipe actions on a training plan you will get additional options. These include Activate/Deactivate, Edit and Delete.
Tapping on the plan will show a list of workouts. From the Workouts screen, you can swipe a workout and get actions to Edit and Delete. If you select Edit, you can change the name, description and the BTR indicator.
To add a new Workout, tap the Add button in the “Week” section that you would like it to appear and fill in the pop-up panel fields.
If you need to rearrange the rides, you can tap on the “Sort” button on the top of the page and then move the workouts around by dragging them. Once you are finished, tap the “Done” button in the top toolbar.
If you are interested in creating community content, you will need to request “Community Rights”. Once approved, you will be able to create challenges and upload training plans.
To request community rights, go to the Settings in mPaceline and then tap on the mPaceline Cloud option at the top. Then tap on the button titled “Request Community Rights” as shown in the screens to the right
You will see a popup panel to make a request. Your Peloton User Name and Email should be automatically populated for you. You simply need to tell us why you are requesting these rights and tap the “Submit” button.
It may take a few days for your request to be processed. If you don’t hear anything back, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once your request is processed, you will see additional options available in the Main Community section. (i.e. you will be able to create challenges and you will have an option to Upload training plans that you have imported.)
You will also notice that the “Cloud Rights” on the mPaceline Cloud Login Screen will be updated to reflect your new rights.